Brain Freeze to help migraines, does it really work?

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The answer is Yes!!!

I have used a ice pack behind my head for year’s and that really work’s well to lessen my migraine pain.

I read the other day that if you give yourself a brain freeze like drinking a cold drink or eating ice cream too fast it will make your migraine go away or lessen the pain.

So last night when I got a migraine I thought I would try it out to see if it would work, and I couldn’t believe it, it actually worked. It didn’t make my migraine completely go away, but it made the pain in my eye’s go away and I went from a pain level 8 to pain level 4.

Since migraine’s are triggered by a disruption in blood flow, and your brain get’s inflamed creating a brain freeze disrupt’s this and numb’s and calm’s the pain receptor’s.

Just like putting an ice pack on the back of my head work’s. Creating a brain freeze work’s too. It may not work for everyone, as everyone is different. I’m so excited this worked for me, and hope it continue’s to work. 

If you have any concern’s, contact your neurologist or primary doctor. I see my neurologist at the end of the month and will be asking him about this, and I will update on what he say’s about this.

Any question’s please let me know, feel free to comment or message me.

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*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is based off of personal experience.

Triggers

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Today I want to talk about triggers, finding your triggers which cause your migraine’s is a big key into controlling your migraine’s.

Everyone has different triggers, caffeine is a major trigger for me, if I have a sip of any drink with caffeine I will get a migraine with in minutes. I haven’t had caffeine or coffee for over seven years now, the only thing I drink is water because I find I get more migraine’s if I drink anything else.

As you go along your migraine journey you will find what triggers your migraine’s, whether it be caffeine which is a major trigger or chocolate, cheese, bright lights, fluorescent lights, being on a computer too long Etc.

For me bright lights, fluorescent lights and computers trigger my migraine’s right away so I had to replace all the bulbs in my house with low wattage LED bulbs, which made a huge difference for me. I also find being on my iPhone or iPad I don’t get migraine’s but if I am on my laptop I will get a migraine.

Triggers:

  • Caffeine ☕️
  • Chocolate 🍫
  • Cheese 🧀
  • Milk 🥛
  • Processed foods
  • Bright lights💡
  • Fluorescent lights 💡
  • Being on a computer 💻 too long
  • Stress
  • Alcohol (Red wine 🍷 especially for me)
  • Lack of sleep 😴
  • Dehydration
  • Hunger
  • Medication overuse
  • Hormonal changes
  • Weather changes (especially when it rains ☔️)

There are probably many more these are just the ones that really affect me.


Some Tips I’ve learned that help with migraine’s are:

  • Inhaling lavender oil can help with migraine pain (I have a diffuser right next to my bed)
  • Massage your neck and temples (I have a neck massager that you put around your neck that works great)
  • Warm your neck & bottom of your head with a heating pad or warm cloth for tension headache’s
  • Relax
  • Minimize stress if you can
  • Make sure your taking your preventive migraine medication (if you have it) on time every day
  • Avoid your triggers
  • Warm lemon water or lemon tea helps with migraine pain
  • Ice at the bottom of your head helps calm your migraine
  • Eating ice cream or something cold can calm the migraine I have found from experience.
  • Make sure your drinking plenty of water because dehydration is a major cause of migraine’s
  • Turn down the brightness on all your devices such as phones and iPads etc.
  • You can even turn down the brightness on your tv (I have found that since doing this my migraine’s have gone down)
  • Put blackout curtains in your bedroom (If any light comes in my room I will wake up with a terrible headache which turns into a migraine)

These are just some of what helps me, they may not help all because we are all different. I hope this helps.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment or message me.

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.

Migraines: Confusion & Memory problems

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Migraines cause a lot of memory problems and confusion, even after the migraine. Over the years it has gotten worse. I used to have the best memory and could remember the most bizarre things, but now it’s like I’m a senior citizen and I’m 32 years old.

Confusion is a major problem when I get my migraines, I can’t focus on anything or even remember what I did the day before. Most times I go to get something and I can’t remember what I went to get, it can get very frustrating at times. The light sensitivity and vision problems makes this even worse.

Medication:

Medication like topamax, which is the medication I take to prevent my migraines is a major contributor to memory loss unfortunately but it works very well at controlling my migraines. I would never consider coming of this medication because before I was on this medication my migraines were even more debilitating than they are now. Although this medication causes memory problems, it’s a small price to pay when you were getting 5-6 migraines a day and going blind and having to go to the ER twice a day almost every day. I would never want to go back to that so to me the side effects are a very small price to pay.

There are also a lot of medications that you can take when you get the migraines which also make you very sleepy and confused, which is another contributor to confusion and memory loss. I’ve tried so many over the years and the ones that I take now work so well for me. I take Frova, mirapex and promethazine and have a nausea pill that I take every day because the nausea can get very intense.

After you get the migraine:

After you get the migraine you still feel very sleepy and confused. It’s much like the hangover effect. You head feels like a cement block, and super heavy the slightest movement of your head feels like a knife is piercing through your head. Your body feels like it got hit by a train so to speak. You feel so nauseated and even your whole body hurts and aches all over.

Your head feels so scrambled you can’t remember anything or focus on anything. You have no energy to do anything for at least 24 hours. For me it takes me 48 hours to fully get over my migraines. When I have 2-3 migraines a day it takes me even longer. I have severe memory and confusion problems to the point that I cannot drive anymore. These migraines are so debilitating, and it seems the longer you suffer from them the more damage they do.


I have suffered from chronic migraines for over 7 years now, it’s a debilitating condition, unless you suffer from these type of migraines you can’t understand it is what I’ve learned over the years. I have researched and learned so much about my condition over the years and have learned so much from my doctors and my own personal experience and research.

It’s all about what works for you, and there is treatment out there you just have to find what works best for you. What works for me might not work for you, and what works for you might not work for someone else. We are all different, that’s what makes us special and unique.

I always recommend that if you suffer from migraines weather it be chronic or not, is you get referred by your primary doctor to a neurologist, because there are so many medications out there that can improve your life quality, you don’t have to suffer. Before I saw my neurologist my life was strictly in my bedroom, laying in bed which was blacked out and I was sleeping almost all the time, except when I was sick or going to the ER because I was in so much pain.

I had no social life or interaction with anybody, even my family. This is no way to live, and can lead to severe depression. I suffer from depression and anxiety because I was living this way for so long. The best thing you can do is to see a neurologist and get treated, and your primary doctor or a psychiatrist if your depressed. The biggest thing I’ve learned is you don’t have to suffer there is options out there.

Any questions please feel free to comment or message me anytime 😀

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.

Chronic Migraines

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Chronic migraines can be very hard to deal with, and be a very disabling condition. It’s knowing if you have chronic migraines or not is key.

You can have a low frequency episodic migraine (10 headache days per month) or a high frequency migraine 10-14 headache days per month) determining what you have is key.

Keeping a headache/migraine diary is very important to keep track of how many migraines you are getting so you can determine if you are having chronic migraines and what kind of frequency they are at. This is something that your doctor will ask you to do as well.

If you have more than 15 headache days a month over the course of a 3 month period of which 8 are migraines without medication overuse then you probably are suffering from chronic migraines. If this is happening you definitely need to see a neurologist or a doctor to get checked out.

It’s very important if your having headache or migraine attack’s frequently to see a neurologist. It’s very important to be assessed by a doctor to make sure you don’t have any serious illnesses or underlying condition or disease.


There are many risk factors for chronic migraines here is a list of some :

  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Pain disorders

There are probably many more these are just some of what I have.


Treatment:

Treatment for chronic migraines consists of a variety of things and it’s a personal preference on what route you want to go. Preventative medications and medications that you take when you get the migraine which they call acute medications are very important to treating your migraines.

You and your doctor can make what choice is right for you. Avoiding medication overuse is very important because you can get rebound migraines which is very painful.

Non-medication preventative treatments that you can try are behavioral therapy, ice packs, avoiding your triggers such as caffeine, cheese, alcohol, chocolate etc., and addressing your risk factors.

Avoiding your triggers is very important, caffeine, alcohol and light sensitivity are my major triggers so that was the first thing I had to change.

Everybody has different triggers because everybody is different you just have to figure out what your triggers and risk factors are.

Dealing with chronic migraines can be very hard, but it’s finding the right doctor and the right medications and the right treatment.

If you are dealing with chronic migraines talk to your doctor you don’t have to live in pain, there is treatment options.

Any questions please let me know 😁

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice is based off of personal experience.

New medication

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For all  you chronic migraine sufferers out there there is a new medication called Aimovig it’s finally just come out on the market.  It looks just like a Epi pen.

My neurologist told me about it a year and a half ago and it finally got approved by the FDA and got released last month. I just signed the paperwork at my doctors office this week, my doctor showed me what it looked  like and how to use it it’s very simple and easy. It costs $575 a month without insurance but it is supposed to reduce migraines by 50% and some people got 75% relief. It has had a lot of success. 

 Unfortunately my insurance doesn’t cover it so I have to pay out-of-pocket, but for me it’s worth its worth it  and worth the investment when I’m getting 3 to 4 migraines a day sometimes more often, Losing my vision and  going practically blind and getting very nauseated, getting very confused and dizzy and because of all this I can’t work or barely leave the house, have a social life or drive.  

 My hope with this medication is that I will be able to regain some of my life back and hopefully be able to work and drive again.  But because the medication is so expensive and because I cannot work I need donations to be able to afford this medication. 

My doctor said they will be coming out with a pill form soon,  hopefully that option will be cheaper and my insurance will cover it but in the meantime any donations would be greatly appreciated, my go fund me page link is listed below. 

 

Any questions please let me know😃

 

 Here is the link for my go fund me page : 

https://www.gofundme.com/cant-afford-treatment-for-migraine&rcid=r01-153329113664-44753c468136406b&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_m

 

*Disclaimer*  I am not a medical professional my advice/ information is all based off of personal experience. 

It’s been a while…😨☹️🤕

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been really sick 🤒 with my migraines and ongoing stomach issues which I have now learned I have gastritis as well as abdominal migraines, while dealing with my chronic migraines too. So it’s been a rough couple of months. So the topic i would like to touch on is abdominal migraines because it’s something I’ve never heard of until now and it’s apparently very common to get if you suffer from chronic migraines. Abdominal migraines aren’t headaches they are actually a reaction to the same triggers as migraine headaches. So again you have to find what triggers your migraines and abdominal migraines. Which means they hurt a lot and cause a lot of stomach cramps and pain.

Major Abdominal Migraine symptoms:

  • Nausea 🤢
  • Vomiting 🤮
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain (mine has been in the upper stomach, but it can be a non-localized Pain)
  • Stomach cramps
  • Overall discomfort and feeling sick 🤢 and not wanting to eat or do anything
    Continue reading It’s been a while…😨☹️🤕

Migraines: When your sick

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When your sick migraines tend to go out of control. I wanted to talk about this topic today because I myself am currently sick, and suffering from this and just wanted to give some advice on what to do when this happen’s because it’s not something we can control.

When your sick and suffer from Chronic migraines like I do or are prone to migraines or headaches you have to be careful with cold medication. Especially the nasal decongestants and sinus headache medications, even mucinex DM, to much of those medications will cause rebound migraines and that’s the last thing you need when your suffering from a cold or the flu. Just make sure you look at the labels.

The biggest thing when your sick is it’s very hard not to take a nasal decongestant pill/medication, because you get so congested so I find that if you take it once or twice a day or as needed I seem to be fine. I’ve even used the nasal sprays when I’m really congested instead because there are two nasal sprays (at least that’s what I found) one that has the Phenylephrine and another one that has a different medication in it, so I try to alternate not only the nasal sprays but the decongestant pills too. Just be sure not to over do it. I find the Nasal sprays work better for me. 

Some things to try if you’re congested are:

  • Hot showers always work great and make you feel better
  • Netty Pot (But these are extremely uncomfortable)
  • Alternate between Nasal Sprays & Nasal decongestant medications
  • NyQuil/DayQuil (I’ve never had a problem with these before)

 

Some things to stay away from if your congested:

  • Any Sinus headache medications (theses medications trigger a severe migraine within 20 minutes for me)
  • Nasal Decongestant medications (If you have to take one, make sure its just the straight Phenylephrine and take it as needed and don’t over do it, and make sure there are no other medications mixed in with the decongestant)
  • Mucinex DM. (Any of the other Mucinex medications are fine)

pexels-photo-304784.jpegIf you have a chest cold like I do right now, I’ve never had any problems with any of the cough syrups or NyQuil like I stated above. NyQuil is pretty much my best friend when I get sick because it doesn’t cause rebound migraines and it covers most of my symptoms, the only thing it does is make you drowsy but when your sick you just want to sleep anyway, at least my fiancé does lol. 

So in conclusion, if you get a migraine when you get sick just monitor your flu medications, take your scheduled daily medications, drink plenty of water (very important), Drink plenty of fluids, take vitamin C, rest and use an ice pack behind your head to help with the pain. If you feel that you have a sinus headache/migraine try the ice pack on the front of your head/face for 20 min (that has helped me in the past).

If you feel you have a sinus infection try take some maximum strength  mucinex, but if that doesn’t work (like me ) go to urgent care or to your primary doctor because your migraines will only get worse until the sinus infection is cleared up. I almost always get a sinus infection and ear infections when I get a cold/flu. 

I hope these tips have helped, I know it’s cold/flu season and my fiancé and I are really feeling the effects of it this week so I wanted to share my tips on how to get through a cold/flu when you suffer from migraines like I/we do.

 

If you have any questions or want to share any tips please contact me or comment below.

 

Thanks for reading 

 

*Disclaimer* I am not a healthcare professional or doctor, I am just sharing my experiences and offering my advice and tips that I have learned.

Don’t let anyone tell you what to do!!!!!

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I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. Where other’s have heard of different treatments or strange things that “may” cure migraines but they come with severe side effects. For example just 1 of the things, “Botox” scares the crap out of me, i’ve heard so many bad things and bad reviews.  I have certain people yelling at me (“ just do it, your migraines can’t be that bad then if you don’t want to do it”). This infuriates me, because they have absolutely no idea. I know how to manage this, but if I were to not be able to swallow or half my face be paralyzed then I don’t know how I would handle that. I’ve heard way to many bad reviews, and I’m not willing to risk that.

This is why I say unless you are going through it, nobody and I mean nobody has the right to judge what you do or your decisions. It’s your body and you decide what you d, no one else. There will be so many things and people out there saying “ Oh crazy thing took away my migraines”, but it all comes down to what you are willing to do, if your will to do anything that’s up to you. But every one is different what works for someone may not work for some else. 

Don’t get me wrong I’m sure there are a lot of things out there that work for people and I’m not judging anyone, but for me this subject has really hit hard recently. It just really hurts and bugs me when people think they know what’s best for you and know better than you when you’ve been living with it and suffering from this disease for 7 years. Trust me if I could take a magic pill I would, I think we all would.

pexels-photo-556663.jpegWhat it comes down to is you have to stand up for yourself, and no matter who it is, it’s your body and your choice. I won’t mutilate my body or do anything that I don’t want to do, if I want to do it i’ll do it. I’m not going to have someone pressure me into something when it comes to my healthcare. Some decisions are permanent and you can’t unchange them. Sorry if I’m ranting. It’s just something i’m very passionate about.

So in conclusion, stand up for yourself, and don’t let anyone tell you what to do whether it’s family, friends or your significant other. It’s your body and your choice. Investigate, research and make the decision for yourself. 

If you have any questions or just want to vent lol please comment below or contact me anytime. 

Thanks for reading and listening 

Finding a great Neurologist

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Research, Research, Research…..

Over the last 7 years it took me 3 tries to find the right neurologist. Sometimes it takes a few tries, and takes a few months to feel them out. But when you realize they are not helping you or hearing you, it time to move on or find a new neurologist. The biggest thing is find the right doctor that fits your personality, your needs and fits your family’s needs too.

You can actually do a lot of research online. I found the neurologist that I have now by doing a lot of research online and looking at reviews. There is a lot of websites that  have reviews on doctors. Of course there will be those few bad reviews but if a doctor has mostly bad reviews then it’s probably best to look at a different doctor.

The last neurologist I had was referred by my primary doctor and after a year of struggling with her and the clinic I decided to find a different neurologist. So not all referrals mean they will be great neurologists, not to say they might be.

Once you have the appointment with your neurologist, make sure to ask questions. You can never ask enough questions. If you have a doctor that’s not talkative and doesn’t say much and just want’s to give you a bunch of medication with out even talking to you, that’s probably not the right doctor, I had a few doctors like this, it was extremely frustrating. I would be in with the doctor for 5 minutes and all i came out with was new medications.

Finding the right doctor can be tricky but within a month or two you should know if it’s the right fit. The neurologist I have now, I loved him straight away, i’ve been seeing him for over a year now. He was the only doctor that has told me about upcoming treatments they are developing, like they are coming out with an injection you can take that will prevent migraines for up to 6 months to a year. It hasn’t come out yet but he always keeps me updated.  He lets me talk and then he tells me what he thinks, and then decides with me. When I have problems at home he responds the same day and even calls me himself, not his nurse call me like I’ve had with previous doctors.

When your having severe migraines or even bad headaches the best thing to do is get in the care of a really good neurologist. The first thing they will do is order a CT scan or MRI if you haven’t had one done recently. When you do see a new doctor it’s always best to get your records transferred so they can see the whole picture, and you don’t have to explain from the beginning.  Now it’s not as hard as it was years ago because they have this electronic system called “Care everywhere” which most hospitals and clinics have, you just have to give them permission.  So when I transferred doctors it was easy.


So when finding a neurologist my tips are: 

  • Research
  • Try get a referral from your primary care doctor, although it’s not always needed. 
  • Consider the experience of the neurologist 
  • Review patient survey reviews online for the doctor you are seeing
  • Quality of the hospital or clinic the neurologist is located at
  • Check your insurance, you don’t what any surprises 
  • The style of the doctor (i.e Communication etc.)
  • A doctor that respects your values, religious decisions etc.
  • Decide if gender is an issue (Ex. Some people prefer a female doctor if they are female etc.

 

So in conclusion, finding the right neurologist for you is very important and is the best way to start getting you feeling comfortable. They can prescribe a lot of different medications that can prevent migraines and headaches and medications that you can take when you get the migraines that can make the pain and nausea bearable. So when you suffer from these chronic migraines it’s very important to be in the care of a great neurologist. 

If you can’t see a neurologist due to insurance cost, try to see a primary care doctor because they can sometimes prescribe some medications to help for nausea and may be able to help you with other medications with your migraines especially if they know about your insurance problems. 

One last thing I want to add is, for those of you who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to see a neurologist but are really suffering. There are programs at a lot of hospitals for people who don’t have insurance or people who don’t have much insurance coverage. They go based of your income and expenses. They will cover 20 %, 50% or 100% of your bill based off your income. So if you think you can’t afford it, just call the hospital or clinic up and ask if they have this. A lot of private clinics don’t offer this, but all the main hospitals seem to in my experience. I have Medicaid now, but a few years back this was the only way I was able to get care was with these programs. 

 

If you have any questions please comment below or contact me. 

 

Thanks for reading 

 

 

*Disclaimer* I am not a doctor or health care professional, I’m just sharing and writing about my personal experiences and offering advice.

 

 

 

Struggles with Daily Life

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Sorry it’s been a few days since my last post, I had to have a procedure on my back and was in a lot of pain and also have been suffering from a lot of migraines too. So I thought this topic would be perfect.

The many struggles that come with migraines are so long to list. Having to deal with the pain, and dealing with lights and brightness as well as dealing with everyday life can be a daily struggle, at least for me it is.

I have severe back pain and I was actually told by my neurologist that a lot of people who suffer from migraines suffer from some form of back pain too. So dealing with pain whether it’s pain from the migraines or my back pain is a daily struggle/nightmare for me.

Just doing daily chores, cleaning or laundry can be a daunting task or at least it is for me. I find it so difficult to do anything when I have my severe migraines. Sometimes I can barely get up to go to the bathroom. That’s why I have tried to make my apartment migraine friendly if you will. So when I do get migraines I can still somewhat function. When I get migraines or headaches I suffer from super light sensitivity, but because my apartment is dark  I can still function and get up.  That’s why I say It’s how we deal with it and manage which is key. I have found a way over the last 7 years to live with it, and this is just 1 of the ways how I manage. It’s not easy, but it’s manageable.

Depending on my day, if I have just a bad headache or a super bad migraine, I try to take advantage of the days I’m feeling good, which are very few. When I have these good days I do as much as I can within reason because I know on my bad days I won’t be able to do much of anything.

On the days I have a bad headache, I try to do less strenuous things, things that won’t cause my headache to turn into a migraine like doing the laundry or the dishes etc.  Anything relaxing that wont cause my headaches to turn into a migraine.

I know when I have a headache or don’t have a headache and I exercise or do vacuuming or any heavy cleaning like that it will give me a migraine within a few minutes, so I must have my fiancé help me do the heavy cleaning like vacuuming now. Sometimes we just have to admit we need help and that’s okay.

I know for those of you that suffer from these migraines and have kids it’s probably ten times harder, and I can’t even imagine going through this and having kids. But again I would only say it’s okay to ask for help & don’t push your self. I don’t have kids so that’s all I can add unfortunately.


The biggest thing I do to get through my days are to take it slow and pace my self, and don’t push my self because that’s when I will get more migraines. Stress causes migraines so the less stress the less migraines.

I hope this information has helped, but like I said just do what you can do and don’t push your self no matter what anyone tells you. You and only you knows what your body can do.  Don’t let anyone tell you what to do, its your body and your decision. 

 

Thanks for reading 😀

 

*Disclaimer* I’m not a Doctor or health care professional, I’m just writing about my experiences and offering advice.